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How the current administration has lacked cohesion or genuine passion to develop a sport in the United States is common talk. Almost everyone laments the lack of proper guidance. We realize that sitting back and hoping for things to happen is not going to get us anywhere.
We are hereby starting off our grassroots campaign for a change, a better tomorrow and our hopes is to rock the current system. We are small and in no way capable of standing up to this but together dear friends we are going to make this happen. Leagues cannot be ineligible for ‘personal’ reasons, administrations cannot be based on biase. The core of CricketJanata was always to represent the people, the common cricket lover and here’s our chance to do it.
We hereby declare our #OccupyUSACA campaign. There are many faithful cricket lovers out there. You have all voiced your concerns and now is the time to come together. If you would like to pledge your support to our cause please write to us firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign our petition here
Q: So, the deal as announced by NZ Cricket means that John Buchanan has excluded himself from the coaching role with the Indian team?
Q: After doing his best to run Kolkata Knight Riders into the ground, he has been given a lifeline by the Kiwis?
A: AS I SEE IT, YES.
Q: Do you think there is any link between NZ Cricket receiving a million dollar paycheck from the ICC and hiring various consultants and for the first time a Director of Cricket in John Buchanan?
A: MOST LIKELY.
Q: Is his hiring now the bigger conundrum in NZ Cricket, trumping the enigma that is Prince Brendon?
A: YES, EVEEDENTLY SO.
Q: In his press conference John Buchanan said, “New Zealand teams have always punched above their weight, but really what we want to do is have them punch for 15 rounds and be a heavyweight contender and not just a lightweight contender.” Any comments?
A: REPLY HAZY.
Q: Do you think that his task of crafting “a template for high-performance sport” is just more of his psychobabble mumbo-jumbo typical of accounting mandarins?
A: YES, DEFEENETLY.
Q: How would you rate his chances in his other roles of “overseeing the selection panel” and “implementing a talent identification system” given his past performance in similar duties with Cricket Australia?
A: OUTLOOK NOT SO GOOD.
Q: Does it appear that Buchanan will have no hands-on role and therefore, no direct responsibility if things go pear-shaped?
A: YOU CAN COUNT ON IT.
Q: Doesn’t this seem more like a desperate stunt rather than a legitimate plan for future success?
A: WITHOUT A DOUBT.
A: NO QUESTION
(The author is founder of one of cricket’s popular off-shot religions – Sehwagology. To all those who would like to convert to this go to www.sehwagology.org)
In a decision that is sending ripples through the cricketing world, the ICC has devoted the next World Cup in 2015 to the 10 Test playing nations. Ireland one of the top Associate nations, who proved to have the skill and tenacity to give any of the full members a run for their money has been conveniently shut off giving the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe undeserving opportunities.
We at CricketJanata have always been outright supporters of playing opportunities among Associate nations. We do not regret the decision to cut the no. of playing nations to 10 but we here are campaigning for a play off / qualifiers for the top Associate nations along with the bottom of the pile of the ODI rankings.
Dear friends, will you stand by us? We are starting a ‘Save the Associate’ campaign and we need you to stand by us. Leave a comment with your name and country. We will include your name in the mass petition. Cricket is not meant to be a game ruled by idiotic autocrats! Stand up and be counted!
WE ARE THE CRICKETJANATA!
When the World Cup started more than a month ago, being a resident of the great country of the United States, I did have my fears of how the whole event would pan out. Cricket is still working its way up the ladder against more exciting games like log carrying, wife carrying and celebrity shoplifting (reference: One called Lindsay Lohan) A video on YouTube that crosses a million or two may get a mainstream News appearance but a sport watched by over a billion people finds it hard to get inducted into the American mainstream.
After all the post WC stats of how the dead subcontinent pitches would be nothing more than graveyards for the bowling sides and how batting sides would just pile 300 after 300, this tournament has surprised one and all. The bowling resilience has been amazing and bowlers have more than adapted, they have mastered the art of bowling in the batsmen’s age. Great teams have fallen – the Australian juggernaut has been derailed. The South Africans who almost won the WC in the group stages where uprooted and earned the Chokers tag ceremoniously. NZ should probably be given a bye into the Semis and Pakistan have never ceased to excite. England and WI have played their part and so have the Associates who bid farewell to the 50 over scene unless the ICC jolt us with some new change.
Captaincies have ended. ODI greats like Smith and Vettori will no longer be captains. But the crème de la crème of the lot was the legendary Ricky Ponting. He did bow out with a great 100 but it doesn’t change his tarnished image infront of the Aussie public. He deserves the accolades and should go out on a high no doubt.
Leading up to the final, the practical cricketing pragmatism in me would try to be logical. But on the day of the final, the patriot in me gave way. It was heart over mind and heart was in control. To see an Indian team win the WC is indeed an honor and to see the a dawn of greatness has arrived on our team is quite blissful. Gone are the days of the ‘Sachin out and switch off TV’ routine. No today while watching when Sachin got out I dug into the archives trying to remember the no. of times Gambhir has won it for us. Because there was hope. Hope that a bunch of youngsters would give the biggest gift of their lives to a true ambassador of India – Sachin Tendulkar’s World Cup
And the best answer was served at the end. I have always been an outright critic of MS Dhoni, but it was a day that was meant for him. Nothing he did would go wrong. He stood up and was counted when it mattered the most. One Tight Slap for my criticism but Dhoni wouldn’t do that, because that’s rude.
So thank you MS Dhoni, thank you everyone in the Indian team for proving me right. It was not just about the skill, it was about heart. In my previous review of the WC I had mentioned that this is the cup of hearts and there is no doubt that the Indian team have risen to rank of world beaters by showing just that. Heart <3
March 24 was selected to honor Venu Palaparthi, whom I consider to be the founder of the revolution. Before March 24, 2010, I was an ex-cricket coach with a lot of theories about what ought to be done to jump start the popularization of cricket in the United States. My words, while being read by many on DreamCricket, would have remained just that – words – were it not for Venu and DreamCricket.
On March 24, he sent me this message:
“We would like to support any initiative in Maryland that involves putting basic cricket kits in the hands of Phy Ed teachers. Our max budget is 10 kits – each costing $1000. So let us get this going.” (The $1000 figure was a typo; he meant $100.)
And so we got it going.
Later, DreamCricket would increase their commitment to 100 sets, and nothing has been the same since. After placing those 100 sets in schools, we obtained 500 custom-designed American Cricket Champ sets from Designs To You in Australia, and now have advance orders in from schools around the country that will bring the total to over 750 by August. Of course, we receive 3-5 new requests each week, so this figure is bound to change.Because of the USYCA Schools Program (which won an ICC Americas Region award in January), and the generosity of companies like DreamCricket and Designs To You, hundreds of thousands of American children will be learning to play cricket in their schools this year. And this is, of course, only the beginning.
Many years from now, when it is taken for granted that millions of kids in the US play cricket every year, it is my hope that writers will mark DreamCricket’s commitment on March 24 as the moment when American cricket changed forever. Without Venu and DreamCricket, my ideas would have remained as theory. It is not often that one decision, and one moment, get to have such an impact on the future.
And that’s why March 24 is National Youth Cricket Day.
Jamie Harrison, President – United States Youth Cricket Associationhttp://usyca.org
Lets all join hands to celebrate this day. Much respect Jamie, for your efforts!